Steering & Suspension FAQs
Q: I can feel every bump in the road when I drive. Should I get a new suspension?
A: Not necessarily, but if your vehicle is bouncing excessively even when you hit the smallest of bumps, it may be sign that your shocks and struts are worn out. An inspection will tell us for sure.
Q: My car's suspension makes noises when I drive less than 25mph. What could be the cause of this, and should I be worried?
A: It could be your anti-sway bar bushing and/or links, your control arm bushings, ball joints, tie rod ends, springs, struts or a host of chassis items. Long story short, stop by at your earliest convenience, and we’ll take a look.
Q: My steering wheel feels stuck. Could it be jammed?
A: This is a common issue as a result of having turned sharply – say, into a parking space – and then removing your key before straightening your tires. The key may be hard to turn if your ignition is mounted onto your steering column. Not what you mean? Come see us, and we’ll take a look.
Q: When I take my hand off the wheel, the car pulls to the left. Why is it doing that?
A: Usually, pulling complaints are related to tires. Radial pull is a slang term for “radial angulation”, but a bent frame, steering component and a host of other things could also be at play. We’ll take a look and let you know for sure.
Q: My car's suspension is starting to make squeak-like noises. What's the best way to grease it up?
A: Actually, most cars made within the past 20 years don’t have grease fittings, but something definitely needs service. Stop by, and we’ll let you know exactly what.
Q: My steering column shakes when I brake hard. Is this normal?
A: Nope, that’s definitely not normal. Your brake rotors are probably the culprit here, but we’ll take a look and let you know for sure.
Q: What is the difference between shocks & struts?
A: Shocks and struts are basically the same thing, but a strut is generally larger. The basic function of a shock or strut is to keep the tire in contact with the road. With the exception of air shocks, shocks and struts do not support the weight of the vehicle. That is normally done with springs or torsion bars.
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